John Kander

Musical Theater Composer


John Kander is recognized for his contributions as a composer. For more than half a century, Mr. Kander has enlivened Broadway, television, and film through songs that evoke romanticism and wonder and capture moral dilemmas that persist across generations.

In collaboration with Fred Ebb, John Kander is the composer of numerous Broadway standards and contemporary classics, including Tony award-winners Cabaret, Woman of the Year, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. In addition, Kander and Ebb also wrote original material for movies and television, as well as the song "New York New York." Kander also composed solo for movies and television as well as for artists such as Renée Fleming. With a new collaborator, Greg Pierce, Kander continues to compose for new productions, including their most recent work Kid Victory, which will be presented at both the Vineyard Theatre in New York, New York, and the Signature Theatre in Fairfax, Virginia.

John Kander receiving the National Medal of Arts from Barack Obama

President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Arts to musical theater composer John Kander in a White House ceremony on July 28, 2014. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino.